Associated Builders and Contractors received a $50,000 grant from the Atlanta-based Turner Foundation Inc., founded by Ted Turner. This is the third consecutive year ABC has received the grant, which will be used to support the association’s green building initiatives with a focus on expanding its green certification and training programs.
pleased the Turner Foundation has chosen to support our green building training
programs and sustainable initiatives for a third year,” said ABC President and
CEO Mike Bellaman. “This funding will allow ABC and merit shop contractors to
continue leading the construction industry by educating our members on
utilizing green construction practices and sustainable construction methods on the
ABC said the first Turner Foundation grant allowed
the organization to develop its green building “Toolbox Talks” program, which
includes 15- 20-minute training sessions to educate employees on green
construction practices and enhance their jobsite training as well as develop
online “train the trainer” modules. In 2011, ABC used its second grant to
translate the Toolbox Talks and online modules into Spanish.
year, ABC plans to expand the use of the Toolbox Talks. ABC also plans to advance
the value of its green contractor certification program by developing an
independent certification process in addition to producing case studies on
benefits, efficiency and cost savings; improving assessor selection and timing
of reviews; and improving outreach to construction owners and users regarding
the benefits of hiring ABC-certified green contractors. In addition, the grant
will be used to develop education and training tools to increase member
awareness about the new International Green Construction Code and its impact on
contractors and their construction practices.